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Music On Monday #3 … Wooly Bully!


“Let’s not be L-7, come and learn to dance…” 

images-2Music On Monday continues on this first Monday in June with these fine lyrics from the far-out
Sam the Sham + The Paraoahs and their crazy cool hit WOOLY BULLY…

200px-Sam_the_sham_1965Sam the Sham was known for his camp robe & turban and hauling his equipment in a 1952 Packard hearse with maroon velvet curtains. As the front man for The Pharaohs, he sang on several Top 40 hits in the mid-1960s, notably the Hot 100 runners up “Wooly Bully” and “Li’l Red Riding Hood”.
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  • This was the best-selling song of 1965 in the USA despite not making #1.
  • This was the first American record to sell a million copies during the British Invasion.
  • There aren’t many lyrics in this song that don’t contain the words “Wooly” or “Bully,” but one line managed to capture a fleeting piece of ’60s slang: In the line, “Let’s not be L-7, come and learn to dance,” “L-7” was an unhip person – someone just not with it. More literally, it means let’s not be squares. If you put an L and a 7 together you get, more or less, a square…
  • “Sam” was Domingo Samudio. The term “Sham” mean jive talk. His backup group The Pharaohs wore strange Egyptian outfits. They had 5 more Top 40 US hits including the #2 song “Lil Red Riding Hood.”
  • Samudio recorded solo for Atlantic Records in 1970, reformed The Pharaohs in 1974 and later became a street preacher in Memphis.

(These cool facts are an excerpt from🙂

So, put all your Monday cares aside for a mere 2 mins 36 secs…
and get hip to Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs performing Wooly Bully in 1965

I Love ’60’s album cover art + typography …

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l y r i c s

(Domingo Samudio)

Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro…

Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw

Had two big horns and a wooly jaw
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully

Hatty told Matty: “Let’s don’t take no chance,

Let’s not be L-seven, come and learn to dance”
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully

Matty told Hatty: “That’s the thing to do.
Get you someone really to pull the wool with you”
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully
Writer(s): Domingo Samudio, Domingo Sam Samudio
Copyright: Beckie Publishing Co. Inc.,
Three Wise Boys Music LLC, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Embassy Music Corporation

All images and information are from sources on the internet.
This article is just for fun! The writer assumes no liability and is not responsible for errors or omissions.
No copyright infringement is intended.

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7 replies »

  1. After this song, I moved on to Louie Louie, great music form when I was a teen. Next up, Wipeout! 🙂


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